Sometimes, great titles are right under your nose—maybe even in the text you’re analyzing. An especially provocative or descriptive line can really set the tone for your essay and save you a bit of brainstorming.
And sometimes, you may find inspiration from a piece of writing that you aren’t writing about. Consider Joan Didion’s famous essay collection and the essay of the same name, Slouching Towards Bethlehem . The title of this work was inspired by the last line of William Butler Yeats’ poem The Second Coming .
One thing to remember, though: if your snippet is a direct quotation, be sure to place it in quotation marks, as in the example below.